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|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||Tainted earth : smelters, public health, and the environment /|
|Publisher||Rutgers University Press,|
|ISBN||9780813562797; 0813562791; 9780813562780; 0813562783|
|Subjects||Pollution--Health aspects--Texas. ; Pollution--Health aspects--Idaho. ; Pollution--Health aspects--Washington (State) ; Smelting--Health aspects--Texas. ; Smelting--Health aspects--Idaho. ; Smelting--Health aspects--Washington (State) ; Environmental Pollution--adverse effects. ; Environmental Pollution--history. ; Extraction and Processing Industry. ; Industrial Waste--adverse effects. ; Carcinogens, Environmental--toxicity. ; History, 20th Century.|
|Collation||xii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.|
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-226) and index.
Smelting is an industrial process involving the extraction of metal from ore. During this process, impurities in ore—including arsenic, lead, and cadmium—may be released from smoke stacks, contaminating air, water, and soil with toxic-heavy metals. Thoroughly grounded in extensive archival research, Tainted Earth traces the rise of public health concerns about nonferrous smelting in the western United States, focusing on three major facilities: Tacoma, Washington; El Paso, Texas; and Bunker Hill, Idaho. Marianne Sullivan documents the response from community residents, public health scientists, the industry, and the government to pollution from smelters as well as the long road to protecting public health and the environment. Placing the environmental and public health aspects of smelting in historical context, the book connects local incidents to national stories on the regulation of airborne toxic metals.